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    Posted: 04 August 2021 at 00:51
Once, long ago (2006 I believe) the camera bag layout thread was started. It did peter out in the end.

Nonetheless, interest in camera bags has never quite waned and people from time to time pop up with new reviews or products.

I suspect by now, few of us own only 'one' camera bag.

I've a 3in1 Kata for short hikes with a small kit, a Lowepro holster bag for bike rides, a small (Crumpler) and large (Tenba) messenger bag style bag, depending on how much extra stuff I want to carry. The larger one is multipurpose and easily carries a laptop. The small one is good for events.

Which left the big-hike gap. This needs room for non-photography gear (water, snacks, a coat), and ideally, be able to attach or strap a good-sized tripod on it. Sorry, those attachments for "travel tripods" aren't much use in the field when the wind etc is buffeting these small, light tripods. I want to be able to plant my Induro Carbon-Fibre tripod firmly into the sand or dirt and take pics.

This oddly is a tricky combination of traits to fulfil. Without going 'monster sized', which is the opposite reason I moved to the E-mount. But I think I've got it.

The Gitzo Adventury 30l backpack. It's been unpacked for less than 24 hours at this point, but so far I'm quite impressed at its versatility. Just need the chance to try it all out now .

Keen to hear from any others who have got this bag also.
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As It happens, I've been in the market for a satisfactory camera bag since before the pandemic. I've been making do with a LOWEPRO TAHOE BP 150; small, comfortable, inexpensive, weather-resistant materials. Fine for around town or short hikes. I recently acquired a VANGUARD ALTA RISE 45 BACKPACK, It resolves some issues but falls short of satisfaction. I'm currently waiting to see if the production line Bevis Gear "Top Shelf Camera Bag" is as good as the prototype. I would also like to try one on with a winter coat. I don't really need or want something too large. I ruled out the VANGUARD ALTA RISE 48 BACKPACK in store because of size. The Gitzo Adventury 30l backpack is overkill for me.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 August 2021 at 02:26
@Wetapunga - don't know if you've seen my post on the Bevis gear top shelf camera bag.
Worth a look.
I've placed my order and look forward to taking delivery in September.
I think it will be a very useful addition to my camera bag collection....
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 August 2021 at 02:35
@LAbernethy - yeah, it can be hard to get something that fits all your needs. I'm not entirely familiar with the Beavis one tbh.

Fwiw, the Gitzo 30l's external dimensions are 31x19x48cm.The 45l version is very much overkill, but I was comfortable with the 30l version.

The Vanguard 45 is 32x23x49cm.

I'd considered it (it was cheaper than Gitzo...of course) but the Gitzo seemed to have a better system for larger tripods.

Edited by Wētāpunga - 04 August 2021 at 02:49
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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@Jozioau

Ah, I'd missed that post completely. You'll have to give us feedback on how it works. Especially interested in that tripod attachment system.
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 August 2021 at 17:56
I have been musing PhotoHiker project on Kickstarter, which apparently aims to produce a good hiking bag for photographers.
I haven't yet bit the bullet as I am still bit unsure if I really need yet another large bag as do already own F-Stop Tilopa BC and Gura Gear Bataflae 32L, although the better carrying system and larger space for non-camera gear certainly intrigues me.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote onsplekkie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 August 2021 at 18:37
Just bought a Wotancraft Pilot. Couldn't happier

It can be used with different extra's which can be attateched and taken off easily.
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Just picked up a first version of the F-Stop Tilopa with a Big Pro ICU. I was considering the new version of the Shimoda but I came across the Tilopa for a price I could not pass up.

There are a lot of different bags for different situations. For fancy situations I have some ONA's. F-Stops have a great carrying system (for a camerabag, that Photohiker might be better) and I have used some LowePro's and Think Tanks as well.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 August 2021 at 21:35
Just like a lens, there's no single camera bag that works in all situations. I now have four bags. Two of them are too basic and just sit in the cabinet, rarely used.
One I really like is a shoulder bag that I got recently. It's very convenient to be able to just reach in and change lenses. But they're typically useful for the camera plus 2 lenses.
Backpacks are good for heavier loads but changing lenses becomes a mild annoyance and is slow. But you can pick a larger kit, of course.

Waiting for the day someone comes up with an 8mm-300mm/f2.8!!
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Originally posted by onsplekkie onsplekkie wrote:

Just bought a Wotancraft Pilot. Couldn't happier

It can be used with different extra's which can be attateched and taken off easily.


Interesting- another brand I'd never heard of.
Here in NZ it's mostly Lowepro, Manfrotto, Peak Design and if you look hard, Tenba, Vanguard and Gitzo.

Edited by Wētāpunga - 05 August 2021 at 05:12
a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Originally posted by skm.sa100 skm.sa100 wrote:

Just like a lens, there's no single camera bag that works in all situations. I now have four bags. Two of them are too basic and just sit in the cabinet, rarely used...
Waiting for the day someone comes up with an 8mm-300mm/f2.8!!


Exactly!
I've got 1 holster, 2 shoulder (large/small) and 2 backpacks (large/small). What I end up taking is very much dependent on the situation. The shoulder bags are good for events when I want quick access to a flash or a different lens.

Once you're out hiking, the backpack is better. And for those casual occasions, of even just on a bicycle, the holster bag is the most convenient.

a7riii, a9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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I’m not a massive hiker, but versatility wise I’ve been blown away by the peak design everyday backpacks, now have both the 20l and 30l. The 20l is perfect for a weekend, cramming in the main lenses I’d want to take. The 30l is there for longer time away and/or if I want to carry other items. Will even fit my Gitzo or 200-600 vertically inside the bag with room for mirrorless camera and 5-6 primes - plus filter kit, filters, batteries, chargers etc in the top. I’ve even sometimes put the peak design everyday sling 5l in the top compartment of the 30l. Means I’ve got a bag for sightseeing without lugging the whole great big bag about. I have heard some people say the straps aren’t great for hiking though. I’ve never had any problems for my uses, but one of the benefits for me is that it doesn’t have a waist strap. Only very occasionally would I use one, the rest of the time they get in the way.

I did a few videos of the everyday bags because I like them so much and really think they’re perfect for mirrorless. I’m not anyway affiliated with PD, I just couldn’t find many videos showing these bags with mirrorless when I was searching so decided to make some. Very poor quality mobile phone vids, but hopefully helps give an idea. All vids (along with a moan about photobox!) are on my channel here: https://youtube.com/c/SimonTregidgo
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My backpack for serious hikes is a F-Stop Lotus 32L which I can use with three differently sized ICUs. The carrying system is excellent; the gear is very well protected and 32L is a lot of volume - I even managed to carry my 4x5 camera and a couple of lenses and film holders in it, plus a large tripod, of course.

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Originally posted by waldo_posth waldo_posth wrote:

My backpack for serious hikes is a F-Stop Lotus 32L which I can use with three differently sized ICUs. The carrying system is excellent; the gear is very well protected and 32L is a lot of volume - I even managed to carry my 4x5 camera and a couple of lenses and film holders in it, plus a large tripod, of course.



I think it's sort of interesting that a few people on this thread here have gravitated to a (roughly) 30l backpack for the 'big loads' or hiking.

Albeit few are confessing to how many bags they actually own
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